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Immigrant Visas


Registering for DHL Courier Service

All Immigrant and Diversity visa applicants are required to go on-line and register for courier service provided by DHL prior to their visa interview by visiting the following website:

All immigrant visa applicants must bring a printed copy of the “Register for Courier Confirmation Page” to the consular interview as evidence they have taken this mandatory step.

During the registration process, the applicant will choose one of two DHL locations in Addis Ababa as the pick-up location for any issued visa.

Completing this on-line registration process is the only way for an applicant to obtain his/her issued visa.  Applicants who do not register prior to their interview will NOT be granted access into the embassy.

Notice: Starting on September 1, 2013, all applicants applying for immigrant visas must use the DS-260 online immigrant visa application; the old DS-230 paper form will no longer be accepted for cases filed after September 1, 2013. Please see the following link for instructions on how to fill out the DS-260.

Visa Types for Permanent Immigrants

In general, any applicant for an immigrant visa must be the beneficiary of an approved petition. Certain applicants such as priority workers, investors, certain special immigrants, and diversity immigrants can petition on their own behalf. All other intending immigrants must have a relative or potential employer petition for them in the United States.

Once the National Visa Center has completed its processing of applicants’ petition and forwarded it to the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, applicants are expected to read and follow all Interview Preparation Instructions located on the Department of State’s web site at:

Additionally, the Diversity Visa Program provides a certain number of permanent resident visas annually. These visas are drawn from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.

Immigrant visas are processed on an appointment basis.  At the time of the interview, the applicant should be present in front of a consular officer.  A child must be accompanied by a legal representative or a legal guardian, but no other assistants are permitted in the Embassy at the time of interview.   After the visa is approved, the applicant will be given instruction to collect the visa the next day. Post also processes third-country nationals if they have legal status in Ethiopia.

Medical Exams

Medical examinations are required for all immigrant visa applicants.  Individuals must go to one of our approved panel physicians.

I-130 Petitions

“Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing overseas will no longer be able to routinely file Immigrant Visa petitions (Forms I-130, Petitions for Alien Relative) with US Embassy Addis Ababa, except in exceptional circumstances. All Forms I-130 must now be filed with the USCIS Chicago Lock Box. USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:

P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:

Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn-3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-
130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please see the USCIS
website at or contact USCIS by phone at 1-

For more information on the new regulations, please click here. Please visit the American Citizen Service window for more details.”

After the Interview

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions:

Fee information

Please see the Department of State’s visa fees page.

Contact Information

  • Address:

    Entoto Street
    P.O. Box 1014
    Addis Ababa

    Consular Service Email Contacts:

    For American Citizen Services, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about Immigrant Visas, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about Non-Immigrant Visas, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about Fiancé Visas, please e-mail:

    For inquiries about DNA testing, please e-mail:

    For specific inquiries regarding adoptions please e-mail:

    To report fraud, please e-mail:    

    For all other inquiries, please e-mail:    

    To request an expedited visa appointment, please visit:

    If you are calling about an emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call:
                011-130-6000 (This number is NOT for visa inquiries)
                Hours of Operation:
                Mon - Thu 7:30am - 5:00pm